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Christina Tortolani

Adams Library (AL) 119
(401) 456-2879
ctortolani@ric.edu

Academic Background

B.A., 2001, Villanova University, Psychology 
M.A., 2004, Boston College, Counseling Psychology
Ph.D., 2011, Northeastern University, Counseling Psychology
Internship, 2010-2011, Dartmouth Medical School (APA Accredited)
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012, Warren Alpert Brown Medical School (APA Accredited) 

Courses Taught

CEP 531 Human Development Across Cultures
CEP 532 Theories and Methods of Counseling
CEP 534 Quantitative Measurement and Test Interpretation
CEP 539 Practicum II
610 Advanced Clinical Internship I
611 Advanced Clinical Internship II

Clinical Interests

Eating disorders and body image
Trauma recovery
Co-occurring disorders
Mindfulness

Research Interests

Pediatric eating disorders 
Intersection of trauma and eating disorders/ body image disturbance
Utility of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in eating disorders
Relational aspects of psychological development of girls and women

Honors and Awards

Kohl’s Foundation, $110,000 09/01/2017-08/31/2018
Title: An Initiative to Help Meet the Needs of Our Eating Disorder Program Patients and Families: Addressing the Goal of Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Eating and Weight
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Medicaid Interagency Service Agreement, $241,148 08/01/2018-12/31/2019           
Title: Disseminating Eating Disorders Education and Treatment Across Multiple Levels of Care: Improving Access in the Rhode Island Medicaid Population
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Pre-doctoral T-32 Child Mental Health Training Fellowship 5 T32 MH19927-16
National Service Research Award (Kirschstein-NRSA), National Institute of Mental Health
Principal Investigator: Gregory Fritz, M.D.
Sponsor: Robyn Mehlenbeck, PhD
Warren Alpert Brown Medical School, Department of Child Psychiatry, 
Training grant that targets two research projects and interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of pediatric eating disorders. 

Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowship
Academy of Eating Disorders/National Institute of Mental Health
Travel grant to attend the 2009 International Conference on Eating
Disorders, Cancun, Mexico, including the Research Teaching Day offered by AED and the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS)

Selected Publications

Goldschmidt, A. & Tortolani, C. You can take it with you: Delivering family-based 
treatment for adolescent eating disorders in the home-based setting (in press). Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter.

Tortolani, C.C., Malatino, K., Gibbons Holtzman, E., Kene, P., & Brabeck, K. 
Integrating Mindfulness into Professional Counselor Identity Development (2018). Journal of Human Services: Training, Research and Practice.

DerMarderosian, D., Chapman, H., Tortolani C., & Willis, M.  (2018). Medical 
Considerations in Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders. Management of Pediatric Medical Illnesses: Clinical Updates and Treatment Considerations for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 27, 125-132.

Donaldson, A., Hall, A., & Tortolani, C.C. (2016). Advances in Adolescent and Young Adult Eating Disorder Care in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Medical Journal.

Hall, A., Tortolani, C.C., & Donaldson, A. (2015). Hasbro Eating Disorders Program (HEDP) and Family Centered Care. Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Notes.

Zimmerman, M., Francione-Witt, C., Chelminski, I., Young, D., & Tortolani, C. (2008). Problems applying the DSM-IV eating disorders diagnostic criteria in a general psychiatric outpatient practice. American Journal of Psychiatry, 69, 381-384.

Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Pope, C., Menard, W., Fay, C., & Phillips, K.A. Childhood abuse and neglect in body dysmorphic disorder. (2006). Childhood Abuse & Neglect, 30, 1105-1115. 

Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Walters, M.M, Menard, W., Fay, C. & Phillips, K.A. (2006). Social functioning and psychiatric symptoms in body dysmorphic disorder. Psychology Quarterly, 77, 223-229. 

Selected Conference Presentations

Dennis, A., Brewerton, T., Pryor, T., Nizzoli, U & Tortolani, C. (2017, June). International Forum on Integrated Treatment for Traumatized Eating Disorder Patients with Substance Use Disorders: What We Know and What We Still Need to Figure Out. Presentation accepted at Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

Anderson, L., Siegfried, N., Tortolani, C., & Trim, J. (2016, May). Treatment of Trauma in Patients with Co-Morbid Eating Disorders and Self-Harm/ Suicidality: An Evidence-Based Primer. Presentation accepted at Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Tortolani, C.C., Malatino, K., Gibbons Holtzman, E., Kene, P., & Brabeck, K. (2014, 
September). Integrating Mindfulness into Professional Counselor Identity Development. Presentation accepted at North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in Providence, RI. 

Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J., Costello, E. & Katz, E. (2012, May). Development and Pilot of A Brief Emotion- Focused Treatment for Inpatient Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa. Poster presented at Academy of Eating Disorders International Conference in Austin, TX.

Tortolani, C.C. & Amper, L. (2012, March). StrongLinks: An arts-based program exploring urban ethnic adolescent girls' experiences, coping and relationships. Poster presented at Society for Adolescent Medicine Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sato, A. F., Tortolani, C., Jelalian, E., & Hart, C. (2010, October). Impact of Weight Control Intervention on Adolescents' Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior. Poster presented at The Obesity Society's 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA. 

Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J. & Houlihan, E. (2009, April). Eating attitudes and behaviors in a clinical sample of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes versus eating disorders. Poster presented at Society for Adolescent Medicine Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J. & Houlihan, E. (2009, October). Eating attitudes and behaviors in a clinical sample of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes versus eating disorders. Poster presented at Rhode Island Hospital's Research Celebration. 

Tortolani, C.C., Mehlenbeck, R., DerMarderosian, D., Nassau, J. & Houlihan, E. (2009, May). Eating attitudes and behaviors in a clinical sample of adolescents with Type 1 diabetes versus eating disorders. Poster accepted at the Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference, Cancun, Mexico.

Tortolani, C.C., Franko, D.L., McCray, A., & Zoloth, E. (2008, August). Eating behaviors and nutrition knowledge in female college athletes. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Tortolani, C.C., Franko, D.L., Zoloth, E., & McCray, A. (2008, May). Eating behaviors and nutrition knowledge in female college athletes participating in non-lean sports. Poster presented at the Academy for Eating Disorders, International Conference, Seattle, WA.

Zimmerman, M., Francione-Witt, C., Chelminski, I., Young, D., & Tortolani, C. (2008). Problems applying the DSM-IV eating disorders diagnostic criteria in a general psychiatric outpatient practice. Poster presented at the Brown University 12th Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health Science, Providence, RI.

Tortolani, C.C., Allen, A., Amper, L., & Piana, M. (2008, March). The impact of media education on college students' perception of body image and risk. Poster presented at the Northeastern University Research Expo, Boston, MA.

Tortolani, C.C., McGlinchey, J.B., Didie, E.R., Zimmerman, M. (2006, April). Examining the DSM-IV's classification of eating disorders in psychiatric outpatients: The relevance of 'not otherwise specified.' Poster presented at the Brown University 10th Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health Science, Providence, RI.

Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Walters, M., Menard, W., & Phillips, K.A. (2005, November). Social functioning in body dysmorphic disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C.

Didie E.R., Phillips, K.A., Pope, C., Tortolani, C., Menard, W., & Fay, C. (2005, May). Childhood abuse and neglect in BDD. New Research Abstracts, American Psychiatric Association 2005 Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Didie, E.R., Tortolani, C.C., Pope, C., Menard, W., Fay, C., & Phillips, K.A. (2005, March) Childhood abuse and neglect in body dysmorphic disorder. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Brown Research Symposium on Mental Health Sciences, Providence, RI.

Presentations

Invited Presentations, Trainings and Lectures

“Treating Eating Disorders Across Levels of Care.” 6- hour training provided to Hasbro Children’s Hospital Clinicians, June-August, 2018.

 “Foundations of Eating Disorder Treatment in Community Mental Health.” 15-hour training provided to The Providence Center clinicians, Providence, RI. June-July, 2018.

 “Treating Adolescent Eating Disorders in the Home: A novel dissemination/ implementation study.” With: Andrea Goldschmidt, PhD. Invited Presentation within Advanced Clinical Translational Research Seminar Series, Brown University, Division of Biology & Medicine, Providence, RI. June, 2018.

 “Multidisciplinary Care for Eating Disorders.” With: Abigail Donaldson, MD and Allison Hall, LICSW. Invited presentation to RI Mental Health Counseling Association, Warwick,  RI. April, 2018.

“Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents.” Guest Lecturer, Pediatric Psychology 
Resident Seminar, Brown Medical School, February, 2018.

“Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders.” Guest Lecturer, PGY-3 Psychiatry 
Residency CBT Seminar, Brown Medical School, 2017.

“Family Based Integrated Care for Eating Disorders: FBT, Family Meal and Meal Supervision.” Guest Lecturer, Hasbro 6 Medical/ Psychiatric Inpatient Unit, October, 2016.

“Eating Disorders: A Primer Parents and Caregivers.” Invited presentation within workshop, 26th Annual Parenting Matters, for Bradley Hospital & Lifespan Community Health Institute, Barrington, RI, March, 2016.

“Eating Disorders and Trauma: Clinical Implications and Integrated Treatment.” Guest Lecturer, Childsafe Fellow Seminar, Brown Medical School, March, 2016.

Tortolani, C. (2016, February). Food, Body and Self. Featured panelist for National Eating Disorder Week at Brown University.

“Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents.” Guest Lecturer, Developmental Pediatrics Seminar, Brown Medical School, June, 2015.

“Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents.” Guest Lecturer, Child Psychiatry Seminar, Brown Medical School, May, 2015.

“Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents.” Guest Lecturer, Pediatric Psychology 
Resident Seminar, Brown Medical School, May, 2015.

“Family Based Treatment in Treating Eating Disorders.” Guest Lecturer, URI Eating Concerns Advisors, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, November, 2015 September 2016, January, 2017.

“Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in Treating Eating Disorders.” Guest Lecturer, URI Eating Concerns Advisors, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, April, 2015.

“Family-Based Treatment.” Invited presentation within workshop, Eating Disorders in Women: Identifying, Treating and Healing, for the Women’s Health Council of RI, Providence, RI, March, 2015.

“Eating Disorders and Trauma: Clinical Implications and Integrated Treatment.” Invited presentation within conference, Eating Disorders, for Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, December, 2014.

“The Application and Utility of Family-Based Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa Across Levels of Care.” Guest Lecturer, Hasbro Children’s Partial Hospital Program, Providence, RI, September, 2014.

“Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.” Guest Lecturer, Child Psychiatry Fellow Case Conference Series, Brown Medical School, June, 2014.

“Family- Based Integrated Care for Eating Disorders.” Intensive 8- hour training provided to Gateway Healthcare clinicians, Cranston, RI, May, 2014.

“Family-Based Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescents.” Guest Lecturer, Pediatric Psychology Seminar, Brown Medical School, April, 2014.

“Eating Disorders: An Interdisciplinary Overview.” With: Abigail Donaldson, MD & Allison Hall, LICSW. Invited presentation to Bryant University College Counseling Center, Smithfield, RI, April, 2014.

“Applying DBT for Adolescent Eating Disorders.” Invited presentation within workshop, Multimodal Integrated Care for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders: A Practical Guide for Therapists, for the Bradley Conference Series, East Providence, RI, April, 2014.

“Eating Disorders in the College Population: Knowing the Signs, Symptoms and How to Help.” Invited presentation at Rhode Island College’s Resident Assistant Event on Mental Health, Providence, RI, April 2014.

“Eating Disorders.” Guest Lecturer, Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Brown Medical School, February, 2014.

“PTSD: Assessment and Treatment.” Guest Lecturer, Childsafe Fellow Seminar, Brown Medical School, November, 2013.

“Cognitive Processing Therapy.” Guest Lectured for course, Trauma Interventions, Lesley College, Cambridge, MA, October, 2013.

"Developing a Healthy Body Image." With: Elizabeth Didie, PhD. Invited presentation at Miriam Hospital's Women's Wellness Workshop at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI, September 8, 2012.

"Utility of DBT Strategies for Eating Disorders." Presented within symposium titled, "A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Caring for Adolescents with Eating Disorders" for RI Psychological Association at Rhode Island Hospital, May 18, 2012.

"Taking Time to Recharge: Prioritizing Self-Care." With: Wendy Plante, PhD. Facilitate workshop sponsored by the Women in Psychology Committee, Brown Medical School, May 22, 2012.

"Treating Eating Disorders in Adolescents and Young Adults." Invited speaker at Coastal Medical Associates' Health and Medicine for Women CME at Providence Marriot, May 1, 2012.

"Dialectic Behavioral Therapy: Adapting for a Pediatric Population." With: Margaret Mannix, PhD. Presented to clinical staff at Hasbro Children's Partial Hospital Program, December, 2011.

"Borderline Personality Disorder and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy." Guest lectured for course, Personality Psychology, Pre-College Program, Brown University, July 2011.

"Treating Eating Disorders in Community Mental Health." Presented to clinical staff at West Central Behavioral Health, Claremont, NH, April, 2011.

"Dialectic Behavioral Therapy: Adapting for an Eating Disorder Population." Presented to Child Psychiatry fellows, Brown Medical School, Rhode Island Hospital, January & April 2010.

"Ethical and legal Issues in Counseling with Children and Adolescents." Guest lectured for course, Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, February 2010.

"Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies." Invited speaker to 450 elementary and middle school students at Our Lady of Mercy Middle School, East Greenwich, RI, June 2009.

"Understanding Eating Disorders Today: Knowing the Signs, Symptoms and How to Help." Invited speaker to high school assembly at Burrillville High School, Burrillville, RI, June 2008.

"Eating Disorders Among the College Population and Application of a Behavioral Approach: Dialectic Behavioral Therapy." Guest lectured to undergraduates in Mental Health & Counseling course, Northeastern University, October, 2007.

"Exploring the Connection between Media, Body Image and Eating Disorders." Guest lecture for undergraduate Counseling Theories course, Northeastern University, October, 2007.

"Relational Health, Adolescent Girls' Friendships and Women's Ways of Being." Guest lecture to graduate students in Counseling Theory & Process course, Northeastern University's Counseling Psychology Master's Program, November, 2007. 

"Assessing Demographic and Psychological Discontinuities among Latina Adolescents." Guest lecture to graduate students, Infant, Child and Adolescent Development course, Northeastern University's Counseling Psychology Master's Program, November, 2006.

"Behavioral and Therapeutic Processes and Interventions of Group Counseling with Children." Guest lecture to graduate students in Group Counseling course, Boston College Counseling Psychology Program, October, 2004 and November, 2005.

"Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Eating Disorder Treatment in Adolescents." Invited presentation at Pediatric Psychology Seminar, Department of Child Psychiatry, at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, January 14, 2013.

Memberships in professional agencies

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
Co-Chair, Trauma Special Interest Group, 03/14- 03/17

The Society for Adolescent Health & Medicine (SAHM)

American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 17, Women in Psychology​

Other

Clinical Field Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Featured in New England Psychologist article, “Extreme Weight Loss: Media’s Misplaced Message” and in The Smithfield Time’s article, “Body Shaming declares war on bodies, ourselves.” 

Clinical Consultant of Gateway Home-Based Clinician Team, Rhode Island Hospital, 2014 – present.

Licensed Psychologist in the State of Rhode Island

Staff Psychologist, Department of Child Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital

Adjunct Professor, Pre-College Program, Brown University 

Ad hoc reviewer for:
Body Image
Eating Behaviors​

Page last updated: August 06, 2018